• Light of Life Veterinary Clinic
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    Tel: 6243 3282
    Address:
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    Animal Practice Veterinary Clinic & Surgery
    Tel: 6288 3929 (24 Hours)
    Address:
    1015 Upper Serangoon Road #01-00 Singapore 534753
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    Daily 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm- 8pm (Closed on Public Holidays)
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    The Animal Clinic
    Tel: 6776 3450 / 6777 0273
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    Block 109 Clementi Street 11 #01-31 Singapore 120109
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    Tel: 6254 3326
    Emergency: 9668 6469
    Address:
    Block 1002, Toa Payoh Lorong 8 #01-1477 Singapore 319074
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    Mon-Fri: 9am - 8pm
    Sat, Sun, Public Holidays: 9am-5pm
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    Tel: 9665 1038
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How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit

How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit


How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit

Bunnies are excellent pets, and they possess the necessary qualities that make them worthy life companions. Requiring slightly less maintenance than dogs but delivering just as much joy, rabbits make a great first pet for your family. Here are a few things you should look out for before you get a pet rabbit.

Shelter

Before purchasing a rabbit, you’ll need to decide where to house it, and whether it should live indoors or outdoors. If you live in a flat and need to keep it indoors, ensure the cage is spacious enough for it to hop about. If its cage is outdoors, make sure the housing has a roof to protect it from harsh weather conditions. Line the floor of the cage with hay or grass to ensure that your rabbit will be comfortable.

Nutrition How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit

A rabbit’s diet consists mainly of fruits and fresh vegetables such as cabbage and spinach. Hay and grass should be a staple in your rabbit’s meals to ensure they receive full nutritional value. You can go the extra mile and buy pellets to boost the diet as well. Most importantly, remember to always provide sufficient water for your pet!

Grooming

Just like any other pet, rabbits, too, have to be groomed to make sure they stay clean and healthy. Like cats, rabbits take the responsibility of grooming upon themselves and will lick their fur clean. Rabbits do not like water, so they may respond negatively when you attempt to put them in water. All that is required is occasional brushing. Grooming is not only good for the rabbit's health, but also helps the both of you bond better and establish a relationship. For that extra touch, you can opt for pet grooming Singapore. They will give the rabbit professional grooming and massage.

Veterinary Care How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit

Along with grooming your pet at home, vet visits are essential. For a house rabbit, this should be done once a year. Vets in Singapore can offer you state-of-the-art service, but you want to look for a vet who has experience with rabbit care because they are different from cats and dogs. A vet will give you advice on how you should take care of your rabbit while helping you screen for diseases.

Training

Training your bunny to get used to its new surroundings is crucial for it to feel safe and happy. You should first let your rabbit sit on its own in its new shelter for at least a full day so that it gets used to the new environment. You can then interact with it the following day. Familiarise yourself with the communication cues rabbits respond to, as they are different from dogs and cats.

Exercise How-To: Caring For Your New Pet Rabbit

Even though your rabbit is a house pet and you have an enclosure set up, it is important to let it out and run around the yard or hop about the house for a few hours. Being locked up in the cage can make the bunny very uncomfortable and quite antisocial towards humans. If your rabbit stays with you in a flat, you can bring it to a park nearby as long as you are confident that your rabbit will not hop away forever!

Having a bunny as a pet is not popular among many Singaporeans, but it is an equally fulfilling animal to have around the house as a companion. It is relatively cheaper than taking care of a dog, but its advantages go beyond the economic implications. Rabbits are loveable creatures who love cuddles just as much as any other pet, so have a great time bonding with your new furry friend!

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December 2018 - June 2019

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